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THE RELIGION OF RUGBY (2006): Ballet, with a point

4 Aug 2006  |  6 min read

The dinner party in a smart Auckland suburb in 2006 was thick with well-travelled intelligence: journalists, writers, academics, IT innovators and taste-makers from television and student radio. A multi-cultural mix of middle-class Kiwis. And the subject being loudly discussed was . . . rugby. Specifically the test between the South African Springboks and New Zealand’s All... > Read more

WARWICK BLAIR INTERVIEWED (2004): Getting the art back into the artist

9 Oct 2005  |  2 min read

For Auckland composer and music teacher Warwick Blair it has been a long journey to come full circle. In the late Eighties he won a scholarship to the Conservatorium in The Hague but during his studies was drawn to aspects of pop music of the period. He formed the band Glory Box and went to London. "We had success there and recorded, we were a bit influenced by Dead Can Dance [the... > Read more

THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER: Opera on the frontline of history

4 Aug 2005  |  4 min read

In the last quarter of the 20th century a new wave of opera emerged with stories which often seemed ripped from the headlines of contemporary newspapers. There were works about Richard Nixon going to China (by John Adams), the life of Malcolm X (Anthony Davis) and Charles Manson’s murderous “family” (John Moran). For those of conservative musical taste these... > Read more

Aria of the Falling Body